Portraits of Railroad Signals

Cresson, Pa.Cresson, Pa.
Wilmerding, Pa.Wilmerding, Pa.
Lyons, Pa.Lyons, Pa.
Alburtis, Pa.Alburtis, Pa.
Greenville, Pa.Greenville, Pa.
West Catasauqua, Pa. Rails long gone.West Catasauqua, Pa. Rails long gone.
Enola, Pa.Enola, Pa.
Rondout, Ill.Rondout, Ill.
Joliet, Ill.Joliet, Ill.
Gallitzin, Pa.Gallitzin, Pa.
Washington, D.C.Washington, D.C.
Cresson, Pa.Cresson, Pa.
Cresson, Pa.Cresson, Pa.
Kennerdell, Pa. Rails long gone.Kennerdell, Pa. Rails long gone.
Ivywood, Pa.Ivywood, Pa.
Pittsburgh, Pa. These signals have since been removed.Pittsburgh, Pa. These signals have since been removed.
Shafter, Nev.Shafter, Nev.
Orleans, Ind.Orleans, Ind.
Altoona, Pa.Altoona, Pa.
Siberia, Calif.Siberia, Calif.
Nipton, Calif.Nipton, Calif.
Cima, Calif.Cima, Calif.
Ashford Jct, N.Y., out of service, turned away.Ashford Jct, N.Y., out of service, turned away.
  • Cresson, Pa.
  • Wilmerding, Pa.
  • Lyons, Pa.
  • Alburtis, Pa.
  • Greenville, Pa.
  • West Catasauqua, Pa. Rails long gone.
  • Enola, Pa.
  • Rondout, Ill.
  • Joliet, Ill.
  • Gallitzin, Pa.
  • Washington, D.C.
  • Cresson, Pa.
  • Cresson, Pa.
  • Kennerdell, Pa. Rails long gone.
  • Ivywood, Pa.
  • Pittsburgh, Pa. These signals have since been removed.
  • Shafter, Nev.
  • Orleans, Ind.
  • Altoona, Pa.
  • Siberia, Calif.
  • Nipton, Calif.
  • Cima, Calif.
  • Ashford Jct, N.Y., out of service, turned away.

Rail signals have always fascinated me. As an adolescent, learning about signals’ use and meaning enabled me to convince my mom to let me stay out longer to see one more train.  Rail signals are used to convey information to the crew regarding the condition of the route ahead, as well as the speed at which the crew is authorized to proceed.  Across the U.S. signals take different forms, depending on the railroad company’s own preferences.

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One Response to “Portraits of Railroad Signals”

  1. Robert Youssef February 28, 2013 6:39 pm #

    This is one of the coolest pics I have seen of a train crossing.

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